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Snowblower + interlock driveway experiences, pls? (2stage & 1 stage)

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by RenegadeX, Sep 27, 2010.


Snowblower on interlock driveway. Your experience?

  1. I've only used a single-stage on interlock - I recommend it :)

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  2. I've only used a single stage on interlock - I DON'T recommend it :(

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  3. I've only used a 2-stage on interlock - I recommend it :)

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  4. I've only used a 2-stage on interlock - I DON'T recommend it :(

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  5. I've used both - SINGLE stage was better

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  6. I've used both - TWO stage was better

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  7. other

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  1. RenegadeX

    RenegadeX Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    Hey I've got a Toro 221R single stage and a nice smooth blacktop driveway. But I've also got a bit of interlock stonework (circular area at the top corner of the driveway, interlock 'wings' on either side of the blacktop, and an interlock walkway to the front door).

    It's my experience that the single stages absolutely love the blacktop - clearing right down to the black most days, but for a number of reasons, they don't get on quite so well with the interlock stone work. It clears it, but not well. Those reasons
    • due to the relative unevenness of the stones, a single stage tends to hop and twist a bit off its intended line
    • whenever I hit the raised edge of a significantly protruding stone, an abrupt unpleasant jolt gets sent through the handlebars.
    • interlock stonework tends to develop 'valleys' if traffic constantly moves over it in the same manner ('tire ruts'), or from the weight of a vehicle where it parks - and the single-stage does not ride or traverse the valleys well.
    For the last couple of years, I've been posting on another forum to a mega snowblower thread and so often get PMs from people asking advice. One thing that comes up is "I have an interlock driveway. Will a single-stage handle it, or should I go 2-stage?"

    Based on my limited experience I'm inclined to say go with a 2-stage, but the truth is I don't know if a 2-stage would be any better!
    I've come here looking for help in answering the question.

    So, if you have experience snowblowing an interlock stone driveway, please let me know which type of snowblower you use(/have used) and how happy you are/were with the job it did..

    I've posted a poll (please don't vote if you haven't ever snowblown an interlock driveway!), but comments are welcome.
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2010
  2. leon

    leon Senior Member
    Messages: 872

    pavers and snow blowers

    Its not so much to do with the snow blower type when
    you are clearing an area with pavers, it is the temperature
    affecting the ground under them during the winter and early spring

    You are continually dealing with the amount of moisture
    which is lurking under the pavers and IF any drainage was
    installed under the sand or stone dust layer that was laid down;
    not including the plastic grid sheets some folks use and install

    As long as you have a rubber paddle edge and the scraper
    with the single stage you will be fine- you have to be aware the
    scraper edge is a wear part and be sure to change it or have it
    changed if you do not do your own maintenance.

    With a 2 stage(which will scuff the pavers with the shoes-unless
    you bolt teflon or tivar to themOr if your client is not worried as
    the paver is an egineered concrete block anyway) the lip
    edge under the cross auger will be the contact point if they
    are badly set or frost heaved enough especially along an exposed
    edge that is not secured by a turf or stone border.

    A rotary broom would always be a selling point for a paver walk
    way to follow a blower with its ability to clean to bare ground if
    no ice is present.